I looked for hotels close to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium (The Aud) that offer value based upon price, amenities and customer service. I eliminated hotels with poor ratings or where there were complaints of worn decor.

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Editor's Top 9 Picks

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Book from ~$122 CAD
Clean rooms, a 7-minute drive from Fairview Park Mall
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to Hwy 8 and Fairview Park Mall
  • Good customer service, according to guests
  • Clean, comfortable rooms, according to guests
Cons
  • Some guests were bothered by noise from guests in the hallways
  • Some guests felt that the breakfast lacked in both selection and quality of food
The highly-rated (8.2/10) Best Western is only a 6-minute drive to The Aud and offers free breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking. It's missing an on-site restaurant and pool, but it's near the Fairview Park Mall (7 minutes) and Hwy 8 (3 minutes). Guests liked its location which they said was close to very good restaurants, spacious and quiet rooms that include mini-fridges and microwaves, and thought that the hotel was clean and well-organized with good customer service. This hotel is pet-free and smoke-free.
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Book from ~$120 CAD
Popular Kitchener hotel off Hwy 8 with indoor pool, restaurants and free area shuttle
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, parking, area shuttle
  • Guests found the location convenient to restaurants, shopping and the highway
  • Many guests liked the restaurants on site
  • Rooms were very clean and well maintained said guests
  • The staff were very well liked by guest reviewers
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise disturbances
  • Some guests missed having an included breakfast
  • A few found the sleep-number beds difficult to adjust
The Radisson is a well-rated hotel with a 7.8/10 average. Guests enjoyed the location for being close to shopping and restaurants, the friendly staff and the clean and well-kept rooms at this hotel. There is an on-site restaurant and pool to enhance convenience and relaxation. It is smoker-friendly with some smoking rooms available and pet-friendly with no charge for your pet to stay. Rooms include mini-fridges and microwaves as well as free Wi-Fi and parking. The Aud is reachable by car in 7 minutes.
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Book from ~$85 CAD
Kitchener guest houses ideal for families with shared kitchen and 3 room types
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free bathroom toiletries
  • Many guests were pleased with their clean and well-equipped accommodations
  • The hotel's staff were found to be efficient and helpful
  • Services include daily housekeeping and a business centre
  • Located 10-minute drive to downtown Kitchener
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the hotel's proximity to shopping and Waterloo University
  • All bedrooms have a furnished balcony
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer during their stay

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Book from ~$135 CAD
Highly praised southeast Kitchener hotel with indoor pool, jacuzzi suites & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free hot buffet breakfast
  • Spotlessly clean rooms, according to guests
  • Guests found the beds very comfortable
  • Friendly, courteous staff, according to guests
  • Many guests enjoyed the hotel's pool
  • Guests found the location convenient to shopping, restaurants and the highway
Cons
  • There was the odd complaint about the breakfast
  • A few guests complained about spotty Wi-Fi connections

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Book from ~$77 CAD
Clean and comfortable rooms on Kitchener campus with good Wi-Fi and lots of parking
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's budget-friendly and affordable rates
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to highway access and shopping
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
Cons
  • A few guests reported no in-room hair dryers or coffeemakers and noisy air conditioning

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Book from ~$142 CAD
Well-liked Cambridge hotel near Hwy 401 with comfy beds, indoor pool, gym and restaurant
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, airport shuttle, bottled water
  • Clean, bright, tastefully decorated rooms, according to guests
  • Guests praised staff
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to the 401, shopping and restaurants
  • Guests typically enjoyed the hotel's "heavenly beds"
Cons
  • A couple of guests were bothered by noise from guests in adjacent rooms
  • Some guests complained about the 18% gratuity charge added at the on-site restaurant

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Book from ~$162 CAD
Highly praised Waterloo-St Jacobs hotel near market with indoor pool & free hot breakfast 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot & cold breakfast buffet, parking, local calls, 24-hr coffee & tea
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • Several guests found the beds comfortable
  • Several reviewers said that the location was convenient for accessing shopping and dining

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Book from ~$146 CAD
Popular north Cambridge hotel with indoor pool, restaurant, lounge and jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Guests perceived good value for the room rate
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to the 401, shops and restaurants
  • Friendly, accommodating staff, according to guests
Cons
  • Some guests were bothered by noise from guests in other rooms

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Book from ~$125 CAD
Highly praised Cambridge hotel with popular restaurant, kitchenette & jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Exceptional customer service, according to guests
  • Guests said rooms were clean, modern and bright
  • Guests highly praised the on-site dining at Bruce Restaurant
  • Location was well liked for its proximity to Hwy 401, shopping and restaurants
Cons
  • A couple of guests had noisy A/C units

7 Other Hotels Close to Kitchener Memorial Auditorium

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Book from ~$139 CAD
Staff go out of their way to help at this downtown hotel
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Excellent customer service, according to guests
  • Convenient downtown location, close to shops, restaurants and attractions, according to guests
  • Many guests praised the comfy beds and linens
Cons
  • Aging decor in the common areas and in the rooms, according to guests
Location
Connected to Market Square Shopping Centre in downtown Kitchener, the KW Hotel is a 5-minute drive from The Aud.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Guests can catch the #8 bus, which is less than a 1-minute walk from the hotel, and ride it directly the The Aud Complex for a total travel time of approximately 8 minutes.
Other Tips
A massive renovation is underway to transform the Delta Conference Centre into the KW Hotel. The grand opening is expected in early 2014, but the hotel is still open during renovations.
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Book from ~$237 CAD
Guests liked this hotel's historical charm and its downtown location
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historical charm made for a unique stay, according to guests
  • Convenient downtown location, close to shops, restaurants and attractions, according to guests
  • Good customer service, according to guests
Cons
  • Worn decor, according to guests
  • Lack of detailed cleaning in rooms and in common areas, according to guests
Location
At the corner of King and Queen Streets in downtown Kitchener, the historical Walper Terrace Hotel is a 5-minute drive from the Aud.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The #83 bus stop is a 3-minute walk from the hotel, and guests can ride it directly to The Aud complex in approximately 10 minutes.
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Book from ~$91 CAD
Near Hwy 8 and Conestoga Pkwy, indoor pool, but mixed guest reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Several guests found the location convenient for accessing area highways and attractions by car
  • A couple of reviewers described their rooms and beds as comfortable
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant
  • Many guests described their rooms as dated and in need of upgrades
  • A few reviewers said that the rooms did not meet their cleanliness expectations
  • A few guests complained about the selection of food at the free breakfast
  • A few reviewers said that the in-room heating was ineffective
Location
Situated in a residential / commercial neighbourhood, this Howard Johnson is a 5-minute drive from the arena complex.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The #8 bus stops within a 1-minute walk from the hotel, and will drop guests directly at the park for a total travel time of approximately 10 minutes.
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Book from ~$71 CAD
Older budget hotel in Kitchener with an outdoor pool and free parking but mixed reviews
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, morning muffins
  • Guests found the hotel's location convenient to the highway and restaurants
  • Cheap room prices were attractive to some guests
  • Some guests found a clean bed and hot shower
Cons
  • Many guests complained of poorly kept rooms, old and stained furniture and dirty carpets
  • Several guests complained of the presence of prostitutes
  • The staff received mixed reviews
Location
Situated just off of Highway 8 in a commercial neighbourhood, the Knights Inn is a 5-minute drive from The Aud.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The #8 bus is a 1-minute walk from the hotel and guests will get dropped off at the park in approximately 10 minutes.
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Book from ~$133 CAD
East Kitchener hotel with indoor & outdoor pools and restaurant but mixed reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Professional, courteous staff, according to guests
  • Clean rooms and common areas, according to guests
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to Hwy 8 and to the Fairview Park Mall
Cons
  • A few guests were bothered by noise from guests in the hallways
  • Some guests complained about noisy air conditioning units
Location
On an industrial / commercial strip of King Street, this Holiday Inn is a 6-minute drive from The Aud.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus #8 can be caught just outside the hotel, taking guests to the sports complex in approximately 15 minutes.
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Book from ~$139 CAD
Centrally located, accommodating staff and good food at the on-site restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-FI and free parking
  • Many guests found the hotel centrally located for accessing area attractions and the universities
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their helpful service
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • A few reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from rowdy guests in neighbouring rooms
  • A couple of reviewers complained that this hotel did not have an elevator
Location
Located in the nearby town of Waterloo, in a residential / commercial neighbourhood, this Comfort Inn is an 8-minute drive from the Kitchener Auditorium.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Guests can catch bus #8 right outside the hotel, which will take them directly to the arena, for a total travel time of approximately 45 minutes.
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Waterloo hotel with indoor pool, restaurant, free airport/area shuttle and free parking 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, airport (YKF) and area shuttle, local calls
  • Many guests found the rooms to be very clean and well appointed
  • Many enjoyed meals on site
  • Staff was a highlight at this hotel
  • Location convenient to highway, public transit, shopping, restaurants and universities
Cons
  • A couple of guests found the hotel layout confusing
  • A few guests found their beds uncomfortable
  • A few guests felt that the breakfast could use more hot choices
Location
In nearby Waterloo, this property is in an industrial / commercial neighbourhood, a 10-minute drive from The Aud.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Guests can catch the #7 bus, a 2-minute walk from the hotel and take it to King Street and Borden Ave and walk the 8 minutes to the park, or transfer to the #8 on King street which will take them directly to the park. Total travel time is approximately 45 minutes.

Tips For Staying Near Kitchener Memorial Auditorium

Location
In the city of Kitchener, Ontario, in a residential neighbourhood, the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, also known as "The Aud" is part of a complex that includes a number of local arenas and sports fields. The main ice rink is the Dom Cardillo Arena, home to the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. The building also houses the Kinsmen and Kiwanis community arenas. The Jack Couch Baseball Stadium, Centennial Stadium track as well as a skate park are located outside of the facility.
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Getting Around
The Conestoga Highway #7 is a 5-minute drive from the complex, while the 401 series highway is a 10-minute drive away. The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YFK) is a 16-minute drive away, but offers limited flights, and the Pearson Toronto International Airport (YYZ) is a 55-minute drive away.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
Grand River Transit operates service throughout Kitchener as well as nearby Waterloo and Cambridge. The number 8 bus runs closest to the arena running from Waterloo to Southern Kitchener. A single-ride fare is $3 and is valid for 90 minutes of travel. An unlimited-ride day pass can also be purchased for $6. For more fare and route information, visit their website.
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Parking
There are a number of parking spaces available at the arena free of charge. A map of parking lots can be found on The Aud's website. A reserved, paid parking lot is also on site for easy access to the arena and can be booked in advance at the box office, or when purchasing your ticket. A carpool lot is also available for those with more than three people in a vehicle.
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Dining
The Aud has a restaurant to seat approximately 150 people overlooking the Dom Cardillo Arena, allowing for a truly VIP experience during the game. Each of the arenas and stadiums has a number of concessions for alcohol (which is now allowed to be taken to your seats in the Dom Cardillo Arena) and fast food dining options.
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Entertainment
Throughout the year, The Aud hosts a wide variety of games, musical acts and festivals. For a schedule of events, visit their website.

Public skating is also available at the arenas during the winter months for a fee of $6 for adults and $4 for children. For a schedule of skate times, visit their website.
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